Ed Pinkham
Position: Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs
City/State: Dearborn Heights, Mich.
High School: Robichaud
Alma Mater: Allegheny College
Graduating Year: 1975
Phone: (269) 387-8639
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Pinkham Photos

Ed Pinkham was officially announced as the defensive coordinator for WMU football on January 7, 2013.

Coach Pinkham has been known to have his group be ballhawkers and 2015 was no different as Darius Phillips who made the transition from wide receiver to cornerback, ranked sixth in the country in passes defended with 21. Phillips was also 25th in the country in interceptions with five, including one returned for a touchdown. Joining Phillips among the national leaders in passes defended was Ronald Zamort who ranked 14th with 19.

Overall as a defense, Pinkham had three of its members, all from the secondary, named to the All-MAC Team. Phillips and Zamort each earned second-team honors while safety Asantay Brown was named to the third team.

Brown led the Broncos with 103 tackles and had 3.0 tackles for loss, two interceptions, a sack, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Against Central Michigan, Brown had an interception, forced fumble and fumble recovery along with career-high 13 tackles. 

In Pinkham's second season in 2014 the Broncos produced three All-MAC honorees in Donald Celiscar (1st), Justin Currie (3rd) and Ronald Zamort (3rd). Celiscar and Zamort went on to be NCAA Statistical Champions i passes defended, after averaging 1.6 per game. WMU had the third-ranked scoring defense in the MAC at 24.9 points per game and second in total defense at 371.2 yards per game.

Coach Pinkham brings 30 years of experience as a defensive coordinator to the Bronco football program.  Prior to coaching Elon's defense over the past two seasons, he served in the same capacity at Rutgers in 2009-10.  In his first season as co-defensive coordinator, Pinkham helped the Rutgers defense reach great heights as the Scarlet Knights ranked in the top-20 in five categories, including leading the nation in tackles for loss and ranking second in turnover margin. Rutgers was 15th in the country in rushing defense, 16th in scoring defense and 18th in total defense.

Pinkham’s return to the FCS level saw his defensive unit rate third nationally against the pass as Elon allowed an average of just 153.55 yards per game through the air.  The unit also rated in the top 40 nationally in total defense.  The Phoenix defense amassed 17 sacks, besting its total from the previous season by four.

Pinkham led the defense at Colgate from 1996 through 2008.  During his tenure at Colgate, the Raiders captured five Patriot League titles and earned five trips to the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. The defensive unit led the Patriot League in total defense in 1999, 2003, 2004 and 2006, and three times paced the league in rushing defense.

Pinkham’s defensive unit ranked top-10 in the nation in rushing defense three times, twice in passing defense and once in total defense. The Raiders were fifth in the nation in pass efficiency defense and ninth in total defense in 2004. In 1999, he directed the Raiders to one of their greatest defensive efforts while setting the school record for fewest total yards and rushing yards allowed in a season.

Prior to Colgate, Pinkham was defensive coordinator and associate head coach at the College of the Holy Cross for four seasons. For the first two seasons he coached the outside linebackers, before moving over to the secondary. He also enjoyed a 12-year stint at the University of New Hampshire, where he was secondary coach during his entire stay and defensive coordinator the last seven seasons. In 1989, he joined the staff at the University of Minnesota as secondary coach.

Pinkham (60/DOB: 9-6-1953) and his wife Karen have three grown children, Matthew, Kelly and Jessica.

Coach Pinkham's Coaching History
1975-76 Allegheny College, Secondary/Wide Receivers Coach
1977-83 New Hampshire, Secondary Coach
1984-88 New Hampshire, Defensive Coordinator
1989-91 Minnesota, Secondary Coach
1992-95 College of Holy Cross, Defensive Coordinator
1996-2007 Colgate, Defensive Coordinator
2008 Rutgers, Secondary Coach
2009-10 Rutgers, Defensive Coordinator
2011-12 Elon, Defensive Coordinator
2013- Western Michigan, Defensive Coordinator

WMU All-Conference Honorees under Pinkham
2015 Darius Phillips (DB), Second Team
  Ronald Zamort (DB), Second Team
  Asantay Brown (DB), Third Team
2014 Donald Celiscar (DB), First Team
  Justin Currie (SS), Third Team
  Ronald Zamort (DB), Third Team
2013 Travonte Boles (DL), Third Team
  Donald Celiscar (DB), Third Team